[Grad-postdoc-assn] Postdoctoral opportunity in regional land use change modeling

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Mon Aug 22 10:15:33 MDT 2016

*Background and Position Description*

Boise State University in Boise, Idaho is pleased to announce an exciting
opportunity in modeling land use change and urbanization. In support of a
statewide National Science Foundation grant (IIA-1301792) and expanding
research capacity in Human-Environment Systems, the researcher will conduct
regional-scale spatial modeling of land use. Datasets and scenarios that
you develop as a postdoc will support hydrologic modeling of managed
systems and estimation of the future spatial distribution of domestic,
commercial, municipal, and industrial water use.

As the postdoctoral researcher, your primary research duties will be to:

(1)   Develop and apply spatial population, urbanization, and land use
models in a region experiencing significant exogenous pressures on land use

(2)   Analyze extant demographic, socioeconomic, infrastructure, water
rights and land use data to inform and develop plausible alternative
scenarios of land use change,

(3)   Work collaboratively with a team of cross-disciplinary biophysical
and social scientists, and develop appropriate collaborations/exchanges at
institutions outside of Boise State.

When hired you will join the Human-Environment Systems (HES) Initiative at
Boise State, which includes biophysical and social scientists interested in
modeling coupled food-energy-water systems, wildlife-human-ecosystem
interactions, land use system dynamics, and the role of social learning on
environmental management. The HES Initiative is administratively housed in
Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design, but collaborates closely
with faculty from departments across campus including Geosciences,
Biological Sciences, Anthropology, and Public Policy and Administration.

*Position Requirements, Qualifications, and Compensation*

You should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field (e.g., physical and human
geography, land use science, geoscience, civil and environmental
engineering, urban studies and planning, remote sensing, ecosystem science)
at the time of appointment.

These criteria will be used to assess your fitness for the position:

(1)   Expertise in geospatial data and modeling,

(2)   Experience with remote sensing products used to derive spatiotemporal
land use information and assess model predictions,

(3)   Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language (Python,
R, and/or Matlab preferred),

(4)   Familiarity with the use of geographical information systems.

Funding is available for up to two years, provided successful review and
satisfactory research progress after the first year of employment.
Anticipated salary for the position is $45,000 per year with an excellent
benefits package is available for eligible employees

*How to Apply*

If you are interested in this position, you will apply via Boise State’s
Talent Acquisition portal: https://boisestate.taleo.net/c
areersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=160411. There you will need to upload the
following documents:

(1)   A letter of interest addressed to *Dr. Alejandro Flores*,

(2)   A current CV with professional references,

(3)   One published or submitted manuscript demonstrating prior work
relevant to the position

Please also notify via email professors Alejandro Flores (
lejoflores at boisestate.edu), Shawn Benner (sbenner at boisestate.edu), and Jodi
Brandt (jodibrandt at boisestate.edu) when your application is complete. We
will begin reviewing documents immediately and continue until the position
is filled.

*Additional Background*

Boise State is Idaho’s largest Carnegie Doctoral Research University,
enrolling the largest number of graduate students in Idaho, which President
Barack Obama has specifically identified for a culture of innovation
<https://go.boisestate.edu/our-culture/>. It is among 20 global
universities identified by Times Higher Education as on a trajectory “to
become globally renowned in the next 10 to 20 years
Boise is an ideal place to live – a hub of government, business, arts,
recreation of all types, health care, industry and technology.

   - Boise accolades: <http://www.bvep.org/facts/national-accolades.aspx>
   - Boise State University: <http://www.boisestate.edu/>
   - LEAF group: <http://leaf.boisestate.edu/>http://leaf.boisestate.edu/
   - Human-Environment Systems Initiative: <http://hes.boisestate.edu/>
   - Geosciences department: <http://earth.boisestate.edu/>

Alejandro N. Flores, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
Director, Lab for Ecohydrology and Alternative Futuring
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1535
Phone: 208-426-2903
Cell: 208-570-3097
Fax: 208-426-4061


lejoflores at boisestate.edu

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